Artifactual double bands

Natalia Oliveira via (by natycanada from
Fri Sep 7 01:44:27 EST 2007

I would like to know if anyone has any information on "artifactual double bands"? The only paper I could find that refers specifically to this event, talks about it being observed in DGGE analysis of PCR products that did not have the final elongation step 72C extended (Ingmar J. et all). 
  Now I'm working with a derivative of pGEM plasmid to which PCR rxn was run at 3 different temperatures (54C, 52C, 50C), and a regular 0.8% agarose gel was run at 104 Volts, which resulted in bands very much like "artifactual bands" (primers were designed and highly specific to insert). Could that be possible? Would the artifactual double bands be an artifact of the DGGE analysis? Does anyone have another suggestion for the observation of double bands on PCR rxn? Also I would like to point out that the band was very but very slightly bigger than the amplified fragment, and it was more distinct on the gel as the temperature decreased (more at 50C than 54), which was also tru for the fragment amplified ( way more intense than the supposed artifactual double band).

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